The Stan Freberg Show (CBS Radio)
Despite its short run, the show managed to develop some running gags and stock jokes, from Freberg's ambivalence toward Madison Avenue (faux advertisements for "Puffed Grass" and "Food", as well as the classic sketch "Gray Flannel Hatful of Teenage Werewolves") to the overwhelmingly popular interviews with a sneaker-wearing Abominable Snowman.
By the thirteenth episode, it was clear that The Stan Freberg Show was suffering from a lack of advertiser interest (perhaps helped by Freberg's werewolf comparisons). CBS canceled the series after fifteen episodes; according to Joe Bevilacqua, it was the last American network radio show to devote itself purely to comedy.
The source of these files is not the best. They were converted from low-quality compressed audio files into mp3 for convenience. There are slightly better mp3 versions available online, but are not for free (Episode #5 is an example of these other sources). These versions are extremely listenable, and serve as a way for those to hear them without dealing with FTP servers, slow download speeds or other hassles.
If you wish to obtain better-quality copies of the program, visit any of the OTR sites that require payment for downloads, or on MP3 disc. They might be the same quality as these, they might not.
Subject: Nostalgia and My Dad
That was my father's voice. It practically brought tears hearing Dad again, as I said, for the first time in 40 years. He had passed away in 1978.
Thanks, again for those wonderful memories! Martin Sewall
Subject: A Great Collection
Subject: A Classic!
Incidentally, "THE STAN FREBERG SHOW" did NOT replace Jack Benny's program: it followed "THE BEST OF BENNY" at 7:30pm(et). Jack's transcribed repeats [1953-'55 vintage] continued until the spring of 1958.
Subject: Freberg: the genius, the prophet
The antique pop culture milieu might obscure some of this humor, but in many ways, Stan's stuff was way ahead of its time. These shows require attentive, context-informed listening, but they reward the effort.
Listen to "Elderly Man River" take on censorship or "Incident at Los Varoces" skewer corporate greed and global militarism and you'll start to understand why Freberg was an undercover revolutionary, sort of a Beat in a bow tie. He and other satirists set the stage for '60s dissent and '70s (and '80s, '90s, '00s . . .) cynicism.
There are lots of resources about him on the Web, including videos of his rare TV work on YouTube. I commend them to your attention.
Subject: Disagree all you want BUNNY!
Subject: Have to disagree
Subject: Worth A Listen
Subject: Thank you ever so much.
Subject: Freberg Show
Subject: Good clean fun
Subject: Shame on CBS.
Shame on CBS for not continuing to sponsor this programme.Imagine what Freberg and co.could have achieved given further airtime.
It's a sad,sad example of commercialism at its blinkered worst.
I'm English and as a child in Sheffield listened to American radio via AFN Frankfurt and the Voice Of America. They could only be received with any audability during certain parts of the day - usually at night - consequently my transistor radio was fixed to my ear under the bedclothes for hours listening intently as the reception would wax and wane.
Consequently,I became very,very interested in America and Americana. An interest that has never
been dissipated with time.
This site is manna from heaven to me. I can listen to American bygone radio at my leasure - unfortunately for the rest, Stan Freberg has absorbed my time completely.
None of these episodes have, in my opimion, lost anything with time. Considering their age I am amazed at their sophistication, their ironic edge,and cutting satire. Comparing their content with the sort of slapstick,knockabout comedy we were listening to here at the time, I can only presume that Freberg was ignored by commercial radio because he was intellectually way,way ahead of anyone else except perhaps stand-ups like Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl.
Every episode is a self-contained gem.
Radio's loss was advertisings gain.
Subject: SF Show
The show is great fun, and kind-of sophisticated, too. I admit I enjoy it more because I've had some history of reading about and listening to other OTR, so I think that helped a LOT.
If you are new to OTR, this show is definitely worth keeping and saving for the day when you've got some names and circumstances under your belt and can get more of the jokes.
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